Written and compiled by Debbie Hall

It might be spring, but it is never too early for barbecue­—that succulent sauce, tender meats and sides paired with a beverage. These three places offer some of the best barbecue found in Las Vegas with hefty helpings of all of the fixings.

Big Ern’s BBQ
Big Erns BBQ Ribs and sidesBig Ern’s BBQ has two locations, with one inside Fiesta Rancho and one in Downtown Container Park. An expanded menu now offers several new side dishes, including macaroni and cheese, collard greens with smoked ham hock, fried okra, sweet potato fries and potato salad, as well as bread pudding for dessert.

Big Ern’s BBQ offers guests locally sourced Frankly Good Coffee, and the Fiesta Rancho location provides service to the bingo hall and sports book, as well as takeout orders for hotel guests.

707 E. Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Fiesta Rancho Hotel and Casino
2400 N. Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130

Pot Liquor CAS

Pot Liquor ribs and sausage Barbecue is prepared in different styles, and Pot Liquor CAS brings all of them to Las Vegas. North Carolina uses a vinegar-based sauce. South Carolina includes all sauces, including mustard-based, vinegar-based and tomato-based. Memphis barbecue is best known for tomato- and vinegar-based sauces. Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee serve a sweet tomato-based sauce. Alabama is also known for its distinctive white sauce, a mayonnaise- and vinegar-based sauce.

Kansas City-style barbecue is characterized by its use of different types of meat including pulled pork, pork ribs, burnt ends, smoked sausage, beef brisket, beef ribs, smoked chicken and smoked turkey.

At Pot Liquor CAS, its food, sauce, flavor and rubs are made in house. Pot liquor is a term that describes the broth left behind after boiling collard, turnip or mustard greens; it is seasoned with salt, smoked pork or smoked turkey.

Town Square Las Vegas
6587 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ and Tavern

Rick's Rollin Smoke BBQ and TavernLocated in Pawn Plaza right next door to the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, home of History’s “Pawn Stars,” Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ and Tavern features a cafeteria-style barbecue restaurant downstairs with a full bar upstairs. The tavern offers crafted bar menu items, hand-crafted cocktails and 16 beers on tap.

Favorites on the menu include po-boy and hot link sandwiches, ribs, catfish, brisket and burnt ends. Sides include Kick’n BBQ Beans, bacon potato salad, chipotle coleslaw, corn nuggets and cornbread.

“Pawn Stars” Rick Harrison (who is also a partner) often tends bar and autographs items purchased at the bar. Whether a fan of the show, good barbecue (or both), this is the place to be seen while enjoying a great meal.

725 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

3185 Highland Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89109